Despite the Core revolution, the Pentium brand is still Intel's most popular desktop processor. The first Pentium chip was launched on March 22, 1993, and this year it's expected roughly 42 percent to 43 percent of Intel's desktop CPUs will still be shipped under this nearly 17-year old brand.
According to documents seen by X-bit labs, Intel Pentium-branded processors will account for roughly 42% - 43% of Intel’s desktop chips volume in 2010. In particular, the highest volume processors that Intel plans to sell this year will be dual-core Pentium E5000- and E6000-series microprocessors based on the Core 2 micro-architecture that will account for about 40% of total desktop volume.
The share of Intel Core i7 products, including Bloomfield, Gulftown and Lynnfield chips, will be about 6% throughout the rest of the year, whereas the share of mainstream Core i5 and Core i3 central processing units will gradually increase as they will replace Core 2 Duo processors. It is noteworthy that in the entry-level space Atom processors 400- and 500-series will account for approximately 8% by the end of the year in the fourth quarter.